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Consultant, Civil Society TB Expert

Copenhagen (Denmark)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2020-12-04

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1. Purpose of the Position
The purpose of this vacancy is to build a roster of Civil Society TB Expert to assess the engagement of civil society and TB affected communities in prevention, diagnostic, treatment and care within the review of National programmes for tuberculosis.

2. Organizational context
The review of a formal national tuberculosis (TB) programme (NTP) is an important exercise to evaluate the implementation and impact of TB prevention, treatment and care in a country, in the context of the goals, objectives and targets that have been specified in the national strategic plans. The review may also significantly contribute to identifying best practices, challenges to implementation, and potential solutions to any problems that have been identified. A review should identify the strengths and weaknesses of the NTP as well as the opportunities for improving the services and recommendations. These recommendations provide the foundation for improving the strategy adopted for TB response and for revising or developing a national disease specific strategic plan. To maximize the impact of the review on addressing gaps, it is important to include all relevant national and international partners in the process. Civil Society Organizations (CSO) have professional experience in advocacy, protection, provision of innovative services to vulnerable populations or those at risk, ensuring the continuum of TB care, in operational research, procurement and community action, among other. Representatives of the TB affected communities have personal first-hand experience of the disease, the strengths and challenges of a health system response and community action, all of which can ground and enrich the insight needed for comprehensive NTP review.

In 2014, WHO developed the “Framework for conducting reviews of Tuberculosis programmes” . Its main purpose is to provide guidance on how to organize the review of an NTP. It also describes the process of using the findings of the field visits, formulating recommendations and developing a review report that informs reforms. The Framework includes checklists to assess key areas, including assessing the engagement of civil society, nongovernmental and community organisations. This implies evaluation of the arrangements and mechanisms for ensuring the engagement and participation of NGOs, civil society organizations, affected communities and other stakeholders, such as representatives from other sectors (e.g. justice, labour, social protection). Since 2014 there have been major evolutions in the WHO strategy for prevention, care and control for the elimination of TB, as well as the changing situation in international and domestic funding distribution.

3. Description of duties
The main purpose of the work for consultants on this roster is to complement the impact analysis of the TB progress at the country level, building on the Framework’s checklists, analysing the added value that already exists or can be provided to a country’s NTP by civil society and affected communities, in relation to:
(1) providing a People-centred model of TB care, following the approach of the SDGs and of Universal Health Coverage ambitions;
(2) ensuring quality, scaled-up services for key and vulnerable populations, during and after the transition from donor to domestic funding.

Duties:

● Assess whether national strategic plan/document on TB response defines the role of CSOs and affected populations in TB response, including in people-centered integrated TB model of care; and includes objectives related to the development and/or implementation of:
o packages of services provided by CSOs and COs;
o Sustainable financial mechanisms of engagement of CSOs/COs in TB Response;
o capacity building plan for CSOs/COs;
● Map capacities of the CSOs and the services they provide on TB response (including TB and HIV-coinfections and TB and other co-morbidities), their location, scale, including in correctional and detention facilities; Assess its sustainability, including financial sustainability;
● Assess the degree of engagement of civil society and TB affected communities in the process of planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of National Strategic Plans (e.g. active participation in Country Coordinating Mechanisms, National Strategic Plans development, engagement in field monitoring teams);
● Identify and assess any coordination mechanisms between the MoH and civil society, and among civil society working on TB, TB co-infections, and vulnerable groups;
● Identify and assess available national policies and regulations and barriers for engaging civil society and TB affected communities’ organizations;
● Identifying any capacity building initiatives aimed at civil society and TB affected communities;
● Provide recommendations to strengthen the involvement of civil society and TB affected communities’ organizations in TB response and their institutionalisation and formalisation.

Deliverables:

● Desk review of all available and relevant national policies, strategies, regulations and reports prior to the country mission;
● Participation in internal meetings and briefings with WHO and the review team prior, during and after the mission to ensure:
o smooth preparations to the mission,
o proper conduct of the mission, and
o timely writing and compilation of the mission report
● Take part in country missions and data collection to address all issues listed above;
● Formulation of main findings and recommendations. The recommendations should be country-specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound, as well as financially sustainable and cost-effective;
● Participation in the de-briefing of stakeholders in-country on the main findings and recommendations;
Development of the Review Report in coordination with other members of the review team.

4. Recruitment Profile
The minimum academic and professional experience required to apply for the roster is outlined below. The actual grade for each individual contract will be determined in accordance with WHO guidelines on minimum requirements at the time of contract issuance.

Functional Knowledge and Skills

Essential:
● Proven analytical skills and ability to conduct independent research;
● Knowledge and understanding of the national, regional and global policies and responses to TB (including TB and HIV co-infection and TB and other co-morbidities);
● Basic knowledge of TB epidemiology and interventions;
● Excellent organizational skills
● Strong communication skills, including with small and large groups, with diverse constituencies, public speaking;
● Excellent writing skills and proven experience in report writing and/or M&E

Desirable:
● Familiarity with the TB country context, including the donor landscape;
● Familiarity with civil society and TB affected communities’ actors in the country.

Education Qualifications

• Essential:

Specialist level
o First university degree (bachelor) in public health, social science or equivalent.

Expert level
o Advance University degree (Master) in public health, social science or equivalent.

● Essential: Trainings on TB epidemiology and programmatic management of TB/M/X-DR-TB).

Experience

Essential:

Specialist:
● Minimum 5 years’ relevant work experience with program design, implementation, management or monitoring and evaluation of TB and M/X-DR TB service delivery (e.g. active finding of missing people with TB, treatment literacy, psychosocial support, social integration, case management)
● Planning and designing programs and service delivery for key and vulnerable populations
● Civil Society Organizations and community TB response; communities’ systems strengthening, human rights and/or gender issues;

Expert:
● Minimum 10 years’ relevant work experience program design, implementation, management or monitoring and evaluation of TB and M/X-DR TB service delivery (e.g. active finding of missing people with TB, treatment literacy, psychosocial support, social integration, case management)
● Planning and designing programs and service delivery for key and vulnerable populations
● Civil Society Organizations and community TB response; communities’ systems strengthening, human rights and/or gender issues;

Desirable:

• Experience with reviews missions and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in community contexts.
• Experience in a multicultural environment.

Language

Essential:
● Excellent spoken and written English.

Desirable:
● Written and spoken Russian.
● Working knowledge of another WHO EURO language.

5. Supervision

The consultant will work under the supervision of the Technical Officer, Unit for TB, HIV/AIDS,Hepatitis and other infectious diseases, Division of Country Health Programmes.

6. Location
The consultant will be required to work both in WHO Regional Office premises (if needed) and to travel to attend country missions.

7. Contract duration
Individual Terms of Reference will be provided separately for each assignment.

8. Remuneration
Remuneration is based on classified requirements of the terms of reference of the individual consultant. contract with related academic and professional experience applied for the grade in accordance with WHO’s consultant’s pay band ranges.




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